What to See
Taragarh Fort: Named thus because of its distinctive star shape, this magnificent fort is one of the most recognized attractions in Bundi. Set atop thick wilderness, its impressive bastions make it absolutely impregnable. The fort is accessible by a steep road and the entrance is indeed grand with its octagonal towers. Walk through the several structures within, including the centrally located Bhim Bhurj, which is the highest tower within the fort. This tower is also the platform for the giant cannon Garbh Gunjan. Next to the Bhim tower is a multi-columned cenotaph. There are also several stepped wells within the fort.
Open from: Sunrise-sunset
Chhatra Mahal: This palace is famous for the finest miniature murals you’ll come across in Bundi. Colourful paintings depicting scenes from Ragamala and Raslila, and several paintings of Krishna adorn the walls and rooms. There is extensive use of Red, gold and blue colours, together with exquisite glass and ivory work especially on the gates. The courtyard has a small pool and pillars adorned with four wooden elephants (Hathiya Sal).
Note - Flash photography is prohibited.
Nawal Sagar: Accessible only by boat, Nawal Sagar is a man-made lake set amidst a zigzag of islets and visible from the Taragarh Fort. The centre of the lake has a temple of Varuna, God of the Winds, which is half-submerged in it. The reflection of the city and palaces, especially at sunset presents a very pretty picture.
Baoris: Dotting the entire landscape of Bundi, these stepped wells are the most popular attractions here. At one time, they were about 50 in number, though today only a few remain. Among the most prominent is the Raniji ki Baori constructed by Rani Nathavatji. Created in an attractive shape, it is marked attractive carvings, arches, pillars and heavy ornamentation. Striking murals decorate the pillars, entrance and gates of this 46 m deep baori.
Located close to Raniji ki Baori, Dhabhai Kund is created in geometrical patterns. Similar to these is a pair of stepwells called Nagar Sagar. The Bhoraji ka Kund is most impressive after the monsoon season when it turns home to a number of migratory birds.
Open from: 10.00 am-5.00 pm (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
84 Pillared Cenotaphs: This is a pavilion supported by 84 pillars and is better known as Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri. This two-storeyed structure is adorned with paintings and murals of fishes and Rajput battles. Also located here is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which attracts a large number of tourists every year. This structure is particularly stunning at night when it is lit up brilliantly.
The Garh Palace: This magnificence palace is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It is a fortified complex built by local stones over a period of time by different kings. Enter this palace by a paved road via the Hathi Pol and catch glimpses of intricately carved jharokhas, pillars and brackets. The Naubat Khana and Hazari Pol are other interesting structures inside. The Chhatra Mahal’s ceilings are adorned with floral patterns and murals depicting animals, Krishna lifting the Govardhan mountain and palace life. The Phool Mahal has walls depicting a royal procession and the Badal Mahal has adornments of flowers done in Chinese style.
Open from: 8.00 am-5.00 pm
Entry fee - Indians Rs 10, foreigners Rs 50, Cameras - Still Rs 50, video Rs 100
Chitrashala: Part of the Garh Palace, this magnificent pavilion is located on a slope and has a separate entrance. It houses elaborate paintings with scenes from Lord Krishna’s life. Done in shades of blue, green and turquoise with dabs of terracotta and yellow, the murals and paintings are noted for their elaborate depictions of Bundi art.
Open from: 8.00 am-5.00 pm
Sukh Mahal: Located on the banks of the Sukh Sagar Lake amidst a beautiful garden, its main feature is a white marble chhatri on the second storey roof. Locals believe that there is an underground tunnel connecting it to the old palace though one is yet to see it.
Phool Sagar: This is a 20th century palace built in typical Rajput architecture. It is set amidst well-kept gardens and an artificial tank. Remember, prior permission is required to visit the palace.
Kshar Bagh: Located near Shikhar Burj, which was once a hunting ground, this is an old garden full of cenotaphs of the royal family of Bundi. These cenotaphs are architecturally very appealing and worth a look.
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